Candy’s Cosmetic Bag
Here is Candy’s Cosmetic Bag–a tutorial. The lining is vinyl coated. You can make your bag whatever size you want. This one starts with two outside squares and two lining squares, 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches. Cut two squares of batting slightly larger than your fabric squares. Free-motion quilt or do some straight-line stitching. I marked lines 1/2-inch apart, stitched on the lines and then went back and eyeball-stitched more lines in between. Easy-peasy, don’t get queasy.
Next, cut some squares of Heat n Bond Iron-On Vinyl slightly smaller than 9-1/2 x 9-1/2, peel the paper backing away and smooth onto the RIGHT side of the fabric. Cover with parchment paper. Press for 8 seconds on the vinyl side, flip and press for another 4 seconds on the reverse. This product recommends a medium iron–I set mine to WOOL. Try it out on a scrap first. WARNING: Do not touch your iron to the vinyl–you’ll be cryin.’
Place your zipper FACE DOWN on the right side of one outside piece. Baste in place. Then place one lining piece, right side down on top of the zipper and stitch through all of the layers. (Sorry I forgot to take a photo of this step).
Use a zipper foot; you will need to move the zipper pull back and forth as you sew. This is easier if you turn your work 90-degrees, as shown here with another bag I made today.
Press this seam open and top-stitch the front of the bag close to the edge AND top-stitch the lining close to the edge.
I apologize–I cannot get rid of this duplicate. Moving on.
Repeat with the remaining outside and lining pieces to finish installing the zipper.
Open the zipper more than halfway, making sure the zipper pull will not be in your way near the side seam. Now flip both lining pieces to one side and both outside pieces to one side. Mark an opening on the bottom edge of the lining pieces (about 4-1/2 inches) for turning. Stitch all the way around, leaving the opening that you marked on the lining pieces.
Now it’s time to box the corners before turning. Make a template 1-1/2 inches square and mark both sides of each corner for a total of eight times. Note that I have marked a pink dot below–pinch each side in the same place and you will now have a triangle shape at the corner–stitch across, backstitching the ends to secure and trim. Do this for all four corners.
To turn, reach in through the lining opening, through the zipper opening and pull the outside of the bag through. Before you place the lining to the inside, machine stitch the turned under edges of the opening. Voila–a new bag.
Here is a bag I made for my neighbor. (I started with 7-1/2 x 10 inch pieces). It’s part of my Chagrin n Bear It series, with a dachshund. All of these characters are from my original drawings, free-motion stitched with grinning faces and tennis shoes. I was going to also write at the top of the bag, but there just wasn’t room so I’ll have to put this on a tag:
“Someone is at the door. Let me sing them the song of my people.”
The bag is wet while I remove the purple marks. Unfortunately, I did not notice that I sewed one lining piece in backwards, so only half of the lining is waterproof. Le Sigh. Grr. Whatchagonnado? Motor on. I’ll be back in a few days with more fun n games. Enjoy the rest of the day.
Here’s my original bag with a pig.